1 soldier killed, 9 injured during a lightning strike at Fort Gordon

Cadets from the University of Florida assault an objective during Task Force Georgia Combined FTX 22 at Fort Gordon, Ga., Feb. 26, 2022. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Cook)

Madeleine List

The Charlotte Observer

Lightning struck an army post in Georgia, injuring 9 soldiers, and killing one, officials told news outlets.

The lightning hit Fort Gordon around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, according to WRDW/WAGT.

Ten soldiers were injured when the lightning struck one of the training areas, WJBF reported.

Emergency services responded to the scene, but the extent of the soldiers’ injuries was unknown Wednesday evening, according to WFXG.

“It is with a heavy heart Fort Gordon confirms one of the soldiers injured in the lightning strike this afternoon succumbed to their injuries,” spokesperson Anne Bowman said in a statement.

The identity will be released once the next of kin is notified.

Fort Gordon is an army installation just southwest of Augusta and about 150 miles east of Atlanta.

The United States Army Signal Corps, a branch that manages communications and information systems for the armed forces, and the Cyber Center of Excellence, which focuses on the Army’s cyberspace operations and electronic warfare, are located there, according to Fort Gordon’s website.

Around 80,000 people live at Fort Gordon, including military families, contractors, retirees and others. The population includes around 16,000 service members and 9,000 civilian employees.

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